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Software certifies stability of the UK Royal Navys ship fleet

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Developed by QinetiQ, Paramarine advanced marine design software is being used by the Surface Ship Stability and Hydrodynamics Group within the UK MoD to certify ship stability. The MoD operates a diverse range of ships worldwide, including aircraft carriers, frigates, destroyers, minehunters, fleet auxiliaries, patrol craft and small boats for operations and adventurous training. The Surface Ship Stability and Hydrodynamics Group acts as both a safety certification authority and advisor for these ships and other craft. Its role includes provision of technical advice, maintenance of standards and guidance to ship projects and the safety regulation of stability and buoyancy of MoD shipping activities.

 ‘Paramarine is a fully validated product for aspects relating to ship stability,’ commented Steve Marshall, ship stability safety regulator, Surface Ship Stability and Hydrodynamics, Sea Systems Group, MoD. ‘Paramarine is easy to use and very flexible. Its ease of audit is very beneficial, allowing us to audit other organisations work such as the defence contractors or the ship project teams in the MoD. We are continually looking to become more efficient and effective in our provision of advice and solutions to compliance with standards and see Paramarine as a key tool in helping us achieve this.’

Paramarine is based on over 20 years’ experience in marine design and has a range of submarine specific analyses in one integrated product. Confidence in its capabilities comes from the independent validation of results and that it is approved for use by the UK MoD. In addition, thousands of concept vessels have been modelled and their stability analysed using the software tool. It is been deployed by many of the world’s leading shipbuilders and universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University College London. The recent launch of the latest version of Paramarine (V7) has further extended the software’s functionality with enhancements to its reporting, concurrent design and documentation capabilities.